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Kansas State Senate District 10

The Kansas Senate is the upper house of the Kansas Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Kansas. It is composed of 40 senators representing an equal amount of districts, each with a population of at least 60,000 inhabitants. Members of the Senate are elected to a four-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a senator may serve.

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    Lindsey Constance
    (Dem)

  • Mike Thompson
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

With all of the issues facing Kansas brought about by the COVID-19 virus, what would be your first priority?

Would you support overturning the SAFE Act that was put into place creating barriers to voting by Kansans? What changes to Kansas election laws and voting systems would you support? Please explain why you would support those changes.

What is your position on expanding Medicaid? Why? What would you propose to ensure health care availability in rural areas?

What is your position on gun control and the issue of gun violence? What, if any, changes would you propose to current laws?

How can changes be made to current House and Senate rules that allow for Chamber Leaders to control Committee leadership?

Will you support changing the House and Senate rules to allow a transparent system for determining which proposed bills are heard, debated and voted on? If not, why not?

Issues with DCF and foster care, plus antiquated computer systems in the Departments of Labor and Education have made news. Do you feel that our current agencies are funded at a level that they can carry out their missions? If yes, what is the problem? If no, how can it be addressed?

How can Legislators address the issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Kansas?

In the current politically-polarized environment, how can Senators and Representatives work together to govern Kansas?

New legislative districts are drawn by the Legislature during the second year following the Census (2012, 2022, etc.) Would you vote in favor of an amendment that would create an impartial committee to draw the new legislative districts in Kansas?

Personal Biography Lindsey has taught for 16 years and is leader in science and engineering instruction and mentorship for SMSD. She was elected to the Shawnee City Council in 2017. She is President of Climate Action KC, whose mission is to improve regional resilience. Lindsey is the recipient of the Presidential Science Teaching award and the Making Democracy Work award. She has 2 children, who together with the students she has taught over the years, serve as her key motivators to impact change.
Campaign Phone (913) 428-9592
Campaign Email Lindsey4Kansas@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.lindsey4kansas.com
Education University of Kansas: BSE in Elementary Education (K-9), science minor Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Master's in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
Community/Public Service Shawnee City Council, ward 4 representative; Climate Action KC, President and Co-Founder; Christa McAuliffe Elementary PTA member; St. Paul's United Methodist Church, member; NLC Federal Advocacy Committee member; Shawnee Chamber Government Affairs Committee member; Visit Shawnee Advisory Committee member
Address 13913 W 73rd St Shawnee, KS 66216
My priority on day one will be expanding Medicaid. Not only will this bring federal tax dollars back into our state– which we desperately need during this time of economic downturn– but it will provide much needed healthcare access to Kansans who are struggling. As we navigate this public health crisis, now is the time to pass this common-sense legislation.
Yes, I would support overturning the SAFE Act, which was put in place as an additional barrier to voting for minority communities, low income Kansans, and the elderly. Cases of voter fraud are extremely rare, so creating this unnecessary burden on voters is not warranted. I support expanded access to early voting, vote by mail, and same day voter registration. Our democracy is strengthened with improved voter turnout, and I will wholeheartedly support data-driven solutions to make voting more accessible to all Kansans.
I believe that it is critical to expand Medicaid in order to provide as many as 150,000 Kansans with access to healthcare, keep local hospitals and clinics open, and maintain and create essential jobs across the state. Kansas taxpayer dollars belong right here to the benefit of hardworking Kansans. A healthier, more productive workforce helps our state economy grow. For the rural communities in Kansas, expanding Medicaid helps ensure their hospital doors remain open, providing essential care to Kansas across our state.
I am in support of common-sense policies to reduce gun violence in our communities. I support background checks for the purchase of firearms, red flag laws, gun violence research, and local solutions. As a Shawnee city councilmember, I have been a strong supporter of local solutions to improve relationships between neighborhoods and the police, like our CORE officers who focus on developing relationships in neighborhoods at-risk for higher crime rates, and the Mental Health Co-Responders who are trained to de-escalate situations. These positive, proactive measures have helped to promote safety in my city, and I will support data-driven solutions like these in other Kansas municipalities. Finally, I will support the repeal of the law allowing guns on college campuses and work to require training for concealed carry permits.
Our current system in the Kansas legislature is not transparent, and does not result in good governance. Rather than allowing the Senate President and Speaker of the House to unilaterally appoint committee chairs, I would like to see a more fair and balanced system. For example, while the committee members could still be appointed, the membership of each committee elects their leadership. With the current system, chairs can obstruct bills at-will, without any sort of accountability. With self-elected leadership, committee members would have some influence, rather than decisions being made solely by the President and Speaker.
Yes, I support changing the House and Senate rules to allow for improved transparency. Senators are elected to represent their constituency and should be able to debate bills with their colleagues in a public forum.
Our DCF and our foster care system are not funded at levels that allow them to effectively execute their missions. We need to add an additional income tax bracket for the highest income earners and to implement a sales tax on internet sales. With adequate funding, DCF will be able to provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and KDOL will be able to adequately address the unemployment needs of the tens of thousands of Kansans economically impacted as we recover from the pandemic.
On the Shawnee City Council I advocated for a non-discrimination ordinance, providing equal rights for the LGBTQ+ members of our community. The ordinance passed, providing inclusive policies in our city. I would advocate for equality on a state level as well. I will absolutely support statewide LGBTQ protections. I serve on the Shawnee Mission School District’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and have participated in and helped lead training sessions this year. I am committed to implementing policies that will make Kansas more inclusive at the state level.
My approach to addressing politically-charged issues is to find common ground and use those commonalities as a starting place for conversations. For example, Shawnee has passed several sustainable infrastructure measures such as Green Streets, which uses natural systems to save taxpayer money. By approaching these conversations from the shared value of saving taxpayer dollars and providing benefits to residents, we have had unanimous support.

As President of Climate Action KC, I've helped build a nonpartisan coalition leaders with the shared vision of creating a resilient KC Metro. When the conversation is positive and focused on solutions, it’s amazing what can be accomplished. Since 2019, we have grown to include 125 elected officials from 10 levels of office. We hosted a Climate Action Summit, published the Climate Action Playbook, and are now drafting the regional Climate Action Plan.

I believe we can bring this level of positive, proactive problem solving to KS Legislature.
I absolutely support an impartial committee to draw new legislative districts. Gerrymandering is a problem that continually disenfranchises voters by redrawing lines to benefit politicians in places of power. As an elected official, I should not be charged with selecting my electorate, and would support a fair process by which to redistrict.
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